Hello! This is where we will share photos of some of our landscape design projects located throughout California. Deeter Buckner Design LLC and The Plant Man are based in San Diego, CA.

Our design/build team consists of Michael Buckner, aka The Plant Man, Jenise (Deeter) Buckner, and Conrad Scouton, our hardscape specialist, general contractor and builder (of whatever you need, newly built or remodeled). License #946212.

Design Phases: Consultation, Site Plan, Concept Plan, Installation and Build.

Our design work enhances the outdoor living space by promoting unique, expressive, drought tolerant and sustainable landscapes. The landscape designs reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive. Our objective is to bring 'Nature' into the design, to include the natural qualities inherent to Southern California and it’s ‘micro climates’- its native rocks, its changing elevations, the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments.

· Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. His design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines and newspapers.

· Michael is a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare and exotic plant materials, a sought after speaker, an avid student of natural history, and a bibliophile.

· Jenise (Deeter) Buckner holds degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Fine Art (MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing and black & white photography at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree.

Tuesday, September 18

'Work in Progress'. An Extraordinary Cactus & Succulent Garden in the Hills of Palos Verdes

While the work on this magnificent 'destination' garden in Palos Verdes is still going on (additional hardscape, decorative gravel, fountain, container gardens, etc. still to come) I wanted to post a series of images to convey just a bit of how this lovely and wonderfully articulated landscape is being 'transformed'. 

The owners wanted a cactus & succulent garden that would be visually stimulating all year round - something that would be as inviting as the amazing view they have from their home which looks out and across the valley below.  They also wanted the garden to be a 'destination' that could be both intimate and reflective while maintaining an expressive colorful, open and inviting space to entertain in - a place to gather and enjoy friends and family.  This is it!




Before - the garden's central area 2nd level - soon the work will begin, new soil, ledger stone, etc.

Early on - mid garden level - some soil having been installed at this point, and all areas prepped for planting, boulders, and ledger stone.

Soil, ledger stone, far wall being redesigned - central garden lower level.

An early shot of side walk way...the area has been cleaned and soil leveled.  Look for the 'after' photo of this walk way area.

An early shot of the garden levels...new soil, boulders, ledger stone, a few Golden Barrels...more on their way.

Work in progress - garden's central lower level.  Love the colors and the dramatic sculptural shapes.

The guys...planting in the blue garden area.

View of work in progress - both the 2nd and 3rd garden levels.

These guys truly know what they're doing...every step of the way.

This view speaks for itself....

A Palos Verdes tree - fits perfectly into this corner of the garden - in the hills of P.V.

Remember the 'before' photo of this side walk way?  It has been transformed from a kind of 'lost space' to a working area of the garden that is the connecting loop to the garden's pathways.

A long view of the garden coming to life...a beautiful work in progress.

I adore the Fan Aloe, this one happens to be a very old and magnificent plant.  Planted in the right spot, it casts fabulous shadows throughout the day.   In the spring it will bloom bright red flowers on stems that dance above the aloe leaves.  Hard to imagine this garden without this particular plant.

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